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Horses had stripes like zebras until humans broke them in, scientists say

Study reaches black and white conclusion: mankind had a direct impact on horses after domesticating them to run, work or be ridden<p>Nature experts have revealed that most horses and ponies resembled zebras with stripes until man changed their colour by taming them.<p>They lost their "wild" camouflage - …

Who Will Driverless Cars Decide To Kill?

A question that will plague the autonomous car industry<p>In philosophy, there’s an ethical question called the trolley problem. If you had to push one large person in front of a moving trolley to save a group of people on the tracks, would you? This abstract idea has taken hold in programming …

Automotive Industry

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スーパーコンピュータによる、宇宙初期から現在にいたる世界最大規模のダークマターシミュレーション - ニュース

千葉大学、東京経済大学、愛媛大学、東京大学、文教大学による研究グループは、理化学研究所計算科学研究機構のスーパーコンピュータ「京(けい)」と、国立天文台の「アテルイ」を用いた、宇宙の構造形成の大規模シミュレーションを行いました。一番規模の大きい計算は約5500億体ものダークマター粒子の重力進化を1辺 …

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Wiring of retina reveals how eyes sense motion

Online gamers helped researchers map neuron connections involved in detecting direction of moving objects.<p>A vast project to map neural connections in …

Crowdsourcing the retina’s motion detection mechanism

A large group of gamers, working with computational neuroscientists, has produced a wiring diagram of the nerve cell connections at the back of the eye, which may have solved the long-standing question of how cells in the retina detect motion.<p>50 years ago, researchers discovered that retinal …

How It Works: A Wiffle Ball Pitch

Take a whiff of that<p>The Wiffle ball has been fooling batters since its invention in 1953, but scientists only recently learned why. Mechanical engineer Jenn Stroud Rossmann at Lafayette College placed the ball in a wind tunnel, measured airflow around it, and concluded that the shifting balance of …

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Scientists Study What to Do If You Drop a Cookie on the Floor

The five-second rule: New study says it's safe to eat food that's been on the floor … or is it?<p>Once again, you've dropped your snack. You bend down, snatch it up, and gently blow off any dust—and, you hope, deadly germs. You're about to put it in your mouth because, after all, you've got the …

Forgetting Is An Actively Controlled Process In The Brain

A study of genetically-modified roundworms has turned up a protein that is involved in eroding memory.<p>When it comes to maintaining sanity, forgetting is at least as important as remembering. Without it, the constant stream of stimuli--faces on the street, words read, items glanced at--would quickly …

The Brain

Robotic Fish and Inflatable Tentacles: How MIT is Solving Hard Problems with Soft Robots

In the interest of not burying the lead: MIT is developing inflatable robotic tentacles, motor-free limbs that are able to flex and grip in response to targeted bursts of air. But the inspiration for those undulating components is a fish. And that’s the more appropriate bot to start with.<p>As robots …

Robotics

Stephen Wolfram Wants To Make Computer Language More Human

At South By Southwest, programmer and scientist Stephen Wolfram showed off more of his Wolfram Language software.<p>Last month, Stephen Wolfram--scientist, founder of Wolfram Research, and the closest thing Big Data has to a rock star--unveiled Wolfram Language, a "symbolic" computer language more …

Artificial Intelligence

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Ryno Microcycle

No, that's not a typo, and you didn't read it wrong — it says <i>microcycle</i>. And that's because while it may share some characteristics with a …

Computer science: The learning machines

Using massive amounts of data to recognize photos and speech, deep-learning computers are taking a big step towards true artificial …

Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.<p>Maps of neural circuitry showed that on average women's brains were highly connected across the left and right hemispheres, in …

Bonaverde Roast-Grind-Brew Coffee Machine

Take every step of the coffee preparation process into your own hands using the Bonaverde Roast-Grind-Brew Coffee Machine ($300). This machine does …

Video: New Super-Waterproof Material Makes Water Drops Bounce Off

Nanocones make surfaces more hydrophobic than ever before.<p>Is that a rubber ball making its way down a two-by-four? No, it's actually a drop of water hitting a strip of experimental material that's so water-resistant, it makes drops bounce.<p>The video above comes from the work of a team of materials …

Nanotech